Loneliness and social isolation can put anyone at risk for depression or physical health issues, but seniors are especially vulnerable. As their children leave the nest, they retire from jobs and/or they give up driving, older adults might find themselves home alone – and bored.
The need is great and growing. The number of people 85 or older is projected to triple between 2015 and 2040.
A Friendly Visitor can make all the difference in brightening a life and improving health. Think Big Brothers/Big Sisters for the older set. Volunteers are matched with a senior who holds similar interests, agreeing to visit at least twice a month for at least one year.
Friendly Visitors and older adults can choose how they spend their time. Popular activities include arts and crafts, reading, card or board games, and even just a simple stroll around the neighborhood.
For more information, contact Megan Cantwell at 502.785.0493 or e-mail.